About the Muser

About the Muser update II:

Once again, we are in a new land, exploring new sidewalks. (Although just as often non-existent, these tend to be broken and bumpy, in stark contrast with the brightly lit skyscrapers and endless array of restaurants.)  I will call Kuala Lumpur home for the next two years. Currently, I am still unemployed (never given an interview for one job, passed over for another and waiting to hear about an active application), but looking on the bright side, that means I have more time for meandering and musing.

Again, just a brief reminder that this blog is mine and mine alone. It does not reflect State Department opinions or policies

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About the Muser update:

We are now settled and working in Chengdu, China. As this sidewalk we trek turns in a new direction, I will continue to write about the adventures this nomadic lifestyle brings.

Also, just a brief reminder that this blog is mine and mine alone. It does not reflect State Department opinions or policies.

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In Search of Where the Sidewalk Ends is my attempt to record both the extraordinary and mundane events of life as the spouse of a Foreign Service officer.

Before becoming an “EFM” (Foreign Service code for spouse/children), I worked in Marsing, Idaho as an 8th grade English and reading teacher.  I taught there starting in 2000, right after graduating from BYU with a major in English teaching and a minor in Spanish teaching.  I took a two-year leave of absence from 2006-2008 so that Thad and I could join the Peace Corps.  We served as PCVs in Gansu, China during that time, after which I returned to Marsing for several more years until resigning in the spring of 2011.

The most common question that I have been asked as we prepared for the move from Idaho to Washington DC is “What are you going to do?” Thad’s career is pretty laid out, but mine is in a much more unknown state at this point.  Until we know where Thad’s first tour is going to be, my answer to that question is, “Take my well-earned summer vacation!”  Once we have a bit more detail about where we are headed and when, I can start to make plans for my own career.

For now, I am blogging, enjoying a bedroom view of the Washington Monument and wandering Crystal City, finding those wonderful sidewalk endings!

9 responses to “About the Muser

  1. Jim Eisentrager

    Well done. The best blog title you could ever have.

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  2. Dear Michelle Ross,

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  3. I see why you encouraged me to apply for the Foreign Service!! I will have to read more of your blog, for sure :)

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  4. Congrats I nominated you for a Liebster Award! I just love hearing your travel stories. Also have fun in Hawaii it’s amazing! Here’s the details: http://anecdotelove.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/liebster-award/#more-282

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  5. Eleanor

    Hi Michelle,
    I’m doing some research into life for expats in Chengdu and came across your fantastic blog – I’ve really enjoyed reading it. I see that you’ll be moving on fairly soon, but I wondered if I might be able to draw on your expertise to ask you a few questions about your experience of living in Chengdu? I promise that it will be nothing too challenging or time-consuming and I would be very grateful for any help you might be able to give.
    If you’d be willing to help then please send me an email – I hope to hear from you soon.
    Thanks very much and best wishes,
    Eleanor.

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    • Pat

      Hi Elanor

      I live part time in ChengDu and would love to see the research you have done on expats living in ChengDu. Is this work available yet?

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  6. Dear Mrs. Ross,

    I am currently an English teacher soon to be teaching in Suining, near Chengdu. Though I enjoy my current profession, I aspire to one day join the Foreign Service. While in China, I hope to obtain my masters degree. I will also be attending a language program in Chengdu during the month of July. Is there any possibility of meeting someone from the consulate that you may know while I am in town? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Sincerely,
    Timothy R. King Jr.
    rkingjr@outlook.com

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    • Hi there! Thanks for checking out my blog.

      I am actually no longer in Chengdu, as our tour there ended last month. I’m headed to our next post, which is in Malaysia, but am happy to answer any questions you have, although sadly, it won’t be in person.

      Good luck with pursuing the Foreign Service. It is definitely a great life style!

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